The West Tisbury select board Thursday appointed former West Tisbury library director Beth Kramer to a post on the Up-Island Council on Aging.

The board made its appointment based on the unanimous recommendation of current council members. The appointment comes after two West Tisbury representatives, Jeffrey (Skipper) Manter and Nancy Cabot, were found to be in violation of internal council bylaws forbidding more than two consecutive terms.  

“Beth had all the experience… working with the [library] building project and planning,” said select board member Cynthia Mitchell, previously appointed to an interim council position, at the meeting on Oct. 19.

Ms. Mitchell noted the strong community interest for the board seat, which drew seven initial applicants.  

The council on aging oversees senior-focused programming at the Howes House in West Tisbury and was established by 1972 town meeting votes in Chilmark, Aquinnah and West Tisbury. After plans to renovate the Howes House were paused following repeated roadblocks earlier this year, focus has shifted to reorganizing the council.

“Thank you, I look forward to working with the board,” Ms. Kramer said, at the meeting last week. Ms. Kramer will serve out the remainder of Ms. Cabot’s term, which ends in 2025.

Chilmark and Aquinnah have also appointed select board members to serve in interim positions on the council on aging.